Worship Together

How do you express joy when you see someone you like? Not romantic but just someone you are glad to see? Sometimes it is a handshake. In Alaska it was a big hug. In Miami all women received a kiss on the cheek and men a handshake or hug. Sometimes close friends give an insult to show they care. These are all done when we meet someone in person. Stores hire friendly people to show you products that are already on display. Restaurants have people to take your order and make recommendations for food prepared just right. Can we even remember the last time someone came out and offered to pump our gas, so we didn’t have to get out of the car? We have had a personal way to connect in every area of life, but it is changing.
 
A few years ago, we went into a fast food restaurant and rather than a teenager behind the cash register, we were greeted with a kiosk to put in our order. At the airport we now go to the kiosk to check in and print our luggage tags and boarding pass if we haven’t already done it online. We can still get food at a restaurant but there is more drive by and curbside pickup than before.
 
For the last several weeks we have only been able to offer online worship led services. We are confident you have been able to worship in your home and make the connection with God. It may even be less distracting unless you are the one with the babies or small children. Just because it is not the way it has been in the past, does not mean we are unable to worship. Worship happens where we are, in our heart, as a connect with God and his people. If it is not an automatic habit to go to the same building and sit in the same pew, then we have to put more effort into our worship.
 
God has not moved or gone anywhere. God is not quarantined and doesn’t need a mask. God is not closed. However, we need to try to keep each other safe. As we open today and offer worship together, we ask that we all be considerate of others. If our method of opening does not feel safe please continue to worship with us online. God sees our hearts and knows that we have come to praise him. “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.“  1 Timothy 1:17
 
Terry
Friday, June 5, 2020

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